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Department of Architecture

 
Computational Social Science
Environmental Design
Climate Justice
Natural Language Processing
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Misinformation
Network and Graph Theory
Design thinking

Biography

Dr Ramit Debnath is the inaugural Cambridge Zero Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is also a visiting faculty associate in Computational Social Science at Caltech, and a sustainability fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He is the acting Director of Studies in Architecture for Gonville and Caius College (https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/people/dr-ramit-debnath).

Ramit works at the intersection of data science and public policy to support climate action. Primarily focussing on developing novel approaches to NLP, ML/AI and qualitative analysis to enable a people-centric and just net-zero transition while countering misinformation. In addition, he is interested in exploring how the public, industry and policymakers make decisions for energy and climate justice. At the same time, developing design-driven solutions to counter misinformation and distributive injustices.

He is currently co-leading a work package with UNEP on developing a decision-making system for sustainability in the built environment. He has previously worked with the International Energy Agency, Stanford University and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Ramit has a background in electrical engineering and public policy, an MPhil and PhD from Cambridge as a Commonwealth and Gates Scholar. He is the recipient of the 2022 Enrichment Award from the Alan Turing Institute, UK.

In Cambridge, he has affiliations with multiple research units like the Energy Policy Research Group (Judge Business School), Centre for Natural Materials Innovation (Architecture), Centre for Climate Repair (Engineering), Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab (Psychology) and the Bennett Institute of Public Policy (POLIS) as the Laudes Foundation Research Associate in Climate Policy. Ramit has received over £400,000 in research grants and prestigious fellowships. More information about his work can be found here: https://www.ramitdebnath.org/

Publications

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

Part-II B Environmental Design (Architecture)

Research Methods (MAUS)

MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development 

MSc Energy and Society (ECI, University of Oxford)

BSc/MSc Energy Systems (Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University)

BA/MSC Business and Economics (University of Wollongong, Australia)

Research supervision: 

Y3 Projects (Architecture)

Y3 Dissertation (Material Science and Metallurgy)

MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies

MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development 

MSt in AI and Ethics 

Other Professional Activities

Senior Technical Advisor - Rural Sense Limited, Tel Aviv, Israel

Working Group Co-lead - United Nations Education Program (UNEP)

Inaugural Cambridge Zero Research Fellow
Sustainability Fellow, Churchill College
Director of Studies (Ext), Gonville and Caius College